BlackBerry sued Facebook, along with its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram in California, for infringing on its messaging patents.
BlackBerry claims in the lawsuit that the social media companies developed messaging applications that are the BlackBerry’s innovations, by using patented features touching on security, user interface, and battery life.
BlackBerry began this campaign of patent litigation in 2016, suing the little-known Android phone maker BLU and the Internet telephony company Avaya. BLU agreed to pay up last year, and BlackBerry is now moving on to Facebook—potentially a much more lucrative target.
In mid-2000s BlackBerry was an early pioneer in messaging. Its proprietary service BBM helped draw millions to its phones when the company was a smartphone leader. But the company waited much after the launch of the BBM. They don’t make any innovative or update in the app.
Strong Evidences Against Facebook
Apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp use the messaging features that were originally developed by BlackBerry Messenger. A spokeswoman for the company said in an email that they have a strong clue that Facebook has infringed on the Blackberry intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, they also have an obligation to their shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies.
BlackBerry is ordering to Facebook to stop providing its primary app as well as Facebook Messenger, Workplace Chat, WhatsApp Messenger and Instagram applications and websites. Or they should make partners with them for the better future.